Thursday, October 30, 2014

CLEAN 28, Day 7: The Cloisters & Brunch on the Cleanse

I have a small obsession with fall foliage. But then again, who doesn't? Vibrant yellow, orange, and red leaves perfectly compliments the much welcomed drop in temperature and humidity.

Being on the cleanse has motivated me to find more non-food related activities to explore in NYC. One of the places I have on my NY bucket list is to go up to the Cloisters in Washington Heights (in the 190s) to see fall foliage. Took this as the perfect time to grab my friends to explore.
George Washington Bridge from the Cloisters
Photo Credit for all pics today: Justin P
The A train was running express so we got to the 190 St stop pretty quickly, but one of the first things I noticed when we stepped out was how GREEN the leaves still were. Booo! I thought if we went up north far enough some of the leaves would be turning, but since we had such a long summer this year, it hasn't really happened yet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NYC: ABC Kitchen, a Brunch by Jean-Georges

Taking a quick break from talking about my CLEAN 28 adventures since a friend messaged me recently and said, "Your blog is less relevant to me when you're talking about healthy eating." This one's for your Henry and my other foodie friends who are sick of hearing about my cleanse. This was the last meal I had before starting my cleanse a week ago (which is going GREAT btw, I seriously feel amazing doing the CLEAN Cleanse).
Something that I didn't realize before moving to New York is how common it is for famous chefs to open up more casual restaurants outside of their fancy namesakes. I was first introduced to ABC Kitchen by my friend Chef Tony who took me here after I asked him to bring me to a "New Yorky" restaurant on my visit here more than four years ago.

It wasn't until I became more interested in the NYC restaurants scene, did I realize that ABC Kitchen is actually the brainchild of famous Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Jean-Georges, the 3-Michelin star rated restaurant that I loved so much.

ABC Kitchen is the ultimate farm-to-table experience. As an extension off of ABC Home, the decor here screams modern cottage-chic with beautiful chandeliers and lovely wooden tables. The menu of ever-changing dishes focuses on ingredients that are local, sustainable, seasonal, doesn't use pesticides or GMOs ... you get the point. You can even find a list of the source of these ingredients on the back of your menus. This place is basically a hipster's dream.

Monday, October 27, 2014

CLEAN 28, Day 6: Rebel Bingo & Raw Vegan Food in NYC

My Friday Night and Saturday revolved around Rebel Bingo and Raw Vegan Food - the two things could not have been any more opposite.

Rebel Bingo, not too sober for this...maybe...

Last year I saw that a friend check into "Rebel Bingo" and was immediately intrigued. The website doesn't really do a good job of explaining what it is, but I think that's a part of it's appeal. Rebel Bingo is marketed as bingo for badasses. Started by a Brit, it's now become an "international sensation" and is a traveling bingo show. Personally, I love bingo! Granny Bingo. Rebel Bingo. Friday Night Bingo. Doesn't matter what kind of bingo, I'm there!

The tickets were super cheap too ($10?!), so really, this was a no brainer. I managed to drag a group of friends to check it out with me and on any typical non-cleanse day, I would have participated in their pre-partying activities. Who goes to Rebel Bingo sober?

Well, as it turns out, this girl. When I got to Irving Plaza, a few people asked if I wanted a drink and I had to explain, no, I'm on a Cleanse... "A Cleanse!? Ohhh, Shelly....!" A few cleanse ago, I would have cared a lot more about being the party pooper. But through the years, I've actually learned how to be a lot less FOMO about this. Instead of seeing it as missing out, I'm looking at the whole thing as a perspective of learning to just say no and not feel bad about it. Peer pressure is hard, but if you believe in what you're doing, then you can definitely raise above.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

CLEAN 28, Day 4-5: Getting Sick or Toxins Escaping?

On Day 4, my morning started out with another Mango Avocado & Spinach smoothie. Yes, I know I just said yesterday that I will try to branch out, but... it is almost effortless for me to make and I love it so much.

Around lunch time, I started feeling a little drowsy and like I wanted to throw up. I've never really felt like this so I knew I had to call in sick for the rest of the day so I could go home and recover.

I've read that during the cleanse, you may feel symptoms of the flu as toxins are leaving your body. This holds true to both the Clean Cleanse which I am following, as well as just the Complete Body Cleanse pills from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. So what was it? Was I getting sick or am I feeling like this because of the cleanse? I've never had this happen to me before, so I mainly think it's the flu.

The weather in New York in the past few days has been cold and rainy. On top of that, the Fall weather keeps flip flopping between cold and humid. My body doesn't understand! To put it in perspective, it's also flu season. There's always a sick person coughing on me in the subway. Oh, and did I mention that the Doctor with Ebola in New York took the L train - the L train that I use to get to and from work?!

Paranoia set in. Once I got home I slept like a baby for 5 hours. I never take naps so this is really major and I felt a ton better afterwards.

Once I got a little bit better, I made some soup to help nurse myself back to health. This post could have easily been called Chicken Soup for the Soul because my next day and a half revolved around this Chicken Noodle Soup. Instead of egg noodles, I used brown rice spaghetti to make this Clean Cleanse complaint. Thank goodness I was able to eat this because it really nurtured my sick body and provided the warmth that I needed during every meal. And I mean, EVERY MEAL.

I'm talking breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am a simple gal and can really eat the same thing every day if I really liked it. Chicken noodle soup is one of those things. I didn't really care at this point that I was breaking the liquid breakfast and dinner rule. Getting better as fast as possible was worth it to me.

Whatever bug I had, I was much better by Friday night. Good enough to go to Friday spin class and also doing the BBG Abs & Arms Week 1 work out!

I had plans for Rebel Bingo with some friends so I had to quickly shower and get ready after my workout to meet up. This leaves basically no time for dinner, so I downed an entire mini jar of Chia Seed Pudding and took off.

I'll save Rebel Bingo for tomorrow's post, but overall I am glad that my small flu seems to have gone away and that I am ready to face the weekend!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CLEAN 28, Day 3: Best Smoothie EVER & Overanalyzing My Lunch

Sometimes you get into a cleanse rut and you keep making the same thing over and over and over again. That's the story with me and this Mango, Spinach (or Kale) and Avocado smoothie. Except, this is the best green smoothie EVER. And I can happily drink this every day and not get sick of it. So, does that mean I'm still in a rut? Naw, I don't think so.
When I told myself, "Stop drinking green juices for breakfast and make yourself a smoothie woman!", this is the smoothie I turned to. Can you blame me? It's just my go-to even when I'm off the cleanse. I did write in the beginning of the year that I'm going to up my smoothie game a little bit and explore different recipes. But goodness, I just want to have this one.